Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has joined the fight against fuel poverty by backing Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2018 a national day which aims highlights the problems that many households face struggling to keep their homes warm.
The day is run by the national charity, National Energy Action (NEA) which seeks to end fuel poverty in the UK. The day aims to raise awareness of the problems of those living in cold, damp homes and the solutions available to tackle the problem, as well as the benefits of properly insulating your home and the savings that such measures can bring to households. The work of the NEA has become ever more important considering the UK has the second-worst rate of excess winter deaths in Europe, a study by National Energy Action and climate change charity E3G found.
NEA’s work encompasses all aspects of fuel poverty, but in particular emphasises the importance of greater investment in domestic energy efficiency. Injected cavity wall insulation, as well as conventional cavity wall insulation, provides an insulating barrier and provides stability to the walls, avoiding the expensive job of replacing wall ties. The insulation is also said to be beneficial in hard-to-treat properties which are unsuitable for other materials, or for homes at risk of flooding, where other products might not survive.
In addition to the action of the NEA, hundreds of individuals and organisations are supporting the day – holding their own events or helping to spread the key messages far and wide. For more information, please visit: www.nea.org.uk/campaigns-policy/fuel-poverty-awareness-day/
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I was really surprised by some of the fuel poverty statistics with some of the most recent research from the NEA showing that over 430,000 of the poorest children are living in private rented properties that are impossible to keep warm, with landlords failing in their duties to provide safe, decent housing.”